Tips for Using Stencil Film with a Silhouette

Some of my favorite things to make with my beloved Silhouette Cameo are signs!  They’re great for the holidays, as home decor, make sweet personalized gifts, and are just so darn addicting to get crafty with.

I’ve used a variety of different materials to cut my stencils out of (’cause lord knows I can’t paint anything by hand!), and today I’m sharing some some tips I’ve picked up for using stencil film!

Oh, and it’s also time for another fun font and graphic giveaway! [Read more…]

Enter to Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway with The Raffle Co.!

Hey friends!  I’ve got a special giveaway to share with you today….how does winning a $100 gift card to Amazon sound??  Pretty great, right?  MmmHmm.

Now, y’all know I love hosting giveaways for you gorgeous and crafty readers of mine, and they’re usually held right here on WTSHB.  This one, however, is a little different.  It’s being hosted by my pals over at The Raffle Co.! [Read more…]

Back-to-School Bedtime Routine Tips (To Keep Your Family Sane)

Any parent of school-aged kids can probably tell you some stories of their struggles at bedtime.  Hey, it’s happened to all of us.  Tantrums, arguments, backtalk, feet-dragging (literal or figurative)….if you haven’t experienced a bedtime battle, consider yourself one of the lucky few!

Bedtimes can get even more challenging when it’s back-to-school time.  Schools in our area return in early August, so the starting-school-in-the-dog-days-of-summer transition can be extra eventful where bedtime is concerned (“But Mom, the sun’s still up!”). [Read more…]

Printable Heat Transfer Vinyl 101 + HUGE Font & Graphic Giveaway!

I love a good colorful vinyl project.  I mean, who doesn’t?  Let’s face it though….sometimes the prospect of cutting out lots of different colored pieces and then layering them all or aligning them juuuuust right is a little too much work.  I freely admit that my laziness sometimes often overpowers my creative spark.

However, there is one product available that allows me to be a little (or a lotta) lazy and STILL get my craft on, resulting in just as much adorableness with much less effort….printable heat transfer vinyl!! [Read more…]

Rowan’s Back-to-School Shirt with Yearly Handprints: Year 2!

It’s hard to believe but the school year is right around the corner….my son starts back on August 2nd!  Where did the summer go??

If you’ve spent any time in these parts before, you probably know by now that I am a HUGE fan of creating keepsakes for my son.  Yep, I’m that Momma.  I just love trying to freeze time and hold onto his littleness.

I’ve made dozens of them for him so far in just his first three years of life (and you can check them all out in my [Read more…]

Family Growth Chart Ruler Updated with Yearly Photos!

My son just turned three and I CANNOT BELIEVE IT.  Where has the time gone??  I’m sure that’s how every momma feels about their growing little one, but geesh.  Slow down, will ya!

One of my favorite things that I’ve ever created (besides my growing-too-fast little man, of course), is the family growth chart ruler that I made right before his first birthday.  And since he just celebrated another birthday, it was time to update it with his current height AND picture!  [Read more…]

How to Use Silhouette Mint & Make a Multi-Colored Stamp

Who doesn’t love a new toy, amiright?  I recently got a new Silhouette Mint machine, and while I’m not a big scrapbooker or paper crafter, this little guy has been one cool addition to my crafting arsenal.  I’m already head over heels in love with my Cameo, so how could a Mint not knock my socks off too?

I mean, who wouldn’t love being able to create their very own completely customized stamps in no time at all?  So neat, indeed.

Just like with any new gadget, there’s a bit of a learning curve, but I’m here to give you the 411 on [Read more…]

DIY Farmhouse Sign: Personalized Love & Shenanigans + Font Giveaway!

If you’re a crafty gal who just moved into a new house that’s out in the country, and one of your favorite shows just happens to be Fixer Upper, what are you supposed to do??  If you answered create your own DIY farmhouse sign, you’d be correct!

Cover the house with shiplap would also be an acceptable answer, but unfortunately, this gal doesn’t have the time, energy, or wallet size for that just yet….but there’s always tomorrow!

Yep, I recently made a farmhouse sign to adorn our mantel, and it’s two things I love: [Read more…]

Sibling Pregnancy Announcement Chalkboard Sign

So, like I shared a few months ago, WTSHB is expanding!  Well, in a way at least….I’m having another baby! :)

Yep, come October, we’ll be adding a newborn to our family.  I’m so excited, but still a wee bit nervous because this time around, I’ll also have a three-year-old who has so. much. energy.  More long nights and no sleep are in my future….hopefully I’ll be able to throw a blog post together now and again! *wink*

Anyway, here’s how we announced our second pregnancy to all our friends and family, [Read more…]

Colorful Grandkids Make Life Grand Wood Sign Photo Display

I always struggle with getting gifts for my parents and grandma.  They have everything, and whenever you ask them what they’d like, they always respond with “Nothing.”  Gee guys, thanks for the help. </sarcasm>

One of the many good things I’ve noticed though since becoming a mom is that personalized gifts from/about their grandkids are always a winner!  How convenient too since I am, ya know, kinda crafty. *wink*

That’s why I created this colorful Grandkids [Read more…]

How to Fill an Image or Word with a Picture in Photoshop

Have you ever wondered (and I just know you have) how all those bloggers, graphic designers, Etsy shop owners, and others create printables or graphics with images or words that are filled with a cute picture?  I mean, not just a word that’s colorful, but one that is filled in with an actual picture, like glitter, wood grain, a watercolor doodle, or some other cool design?

Well, you’re in luck because I’m sharing all the details on how to quickly and easily create this effect using one of Photoshop’s most powerful but often overlooked tools: the clipping mask! [Read more…]

How To Use the Text Tool in Silhouette Studio

Howdy!  You all know I’m completely obsessed with my Silhouette Cameo.  100% in love.  In the words of every 90’s Valley Girl, like totally, for sure.  I think I need a manicure…. (anyone else remember that jingle?)

I mean, my Cameo is involved in nearly all my crafty creations.  It’s just so darn powerful and easy to use!

One of the things that I love about it is how user-friendly its software, Silhouette Studio, is.  And the Text [Read more…]

Stationery Teacher Gift Idea + FREE Printable Tag & Cut File!

My son just finished up his very first year of preschool.  *sniffle*  While Momma here is a wee bit sad at how fast her little man is growing up, I still had an ounce of excitement for the end of the school year to arrive because….that meant I got to create teacher gifts for the first time!

Yes, I can be both a sentimental mom and an excited crafter.  It’s allowed.

So here’s what we gave to both of Rowan’s teachers: a personalized stationery set with the cutest [Read more…]

Patriotic Hand-Scripted USA Shirt + Silhouette GIVEAWAY!

My name is Christine and I have a problem….I can’t stop making shirts for my son!  It is a *slight* addiction of mine, as my Project Gallery clearly shows.  Hey, he’s a little cutie and my Silhouette Cameo makes it so darn easy to come back for another hit.  No shame in my crafting game.

Summer is rolling around again so it’s time to deck my dude out in some patriotic duds.  Keep reading for all the details on this adorable tee my little man will be rocking all summer long!

Oh, and I’ve got some EXTRA GIANT GOODNESS in this post too! [Read more…]

Baby Shower Game Free Printable: Name That Rockin’ Lullaby!

Who doesn’t love a good baby shower?!  The tasty treats, the adorable onesies and other teeny tiny clothes, all the ooohing and ahhhhing at the precious gifts….and of course the GAMES!

I’ve been to my fair share of baby showers (haven’t we all?) and have taken part in plenty of different games.  Some were actually really fun and enjoyable….and let’s just say I couldn’t wait for others to be over. #zerofunchristine

Today I’m sharing with you a game that I’m pretty sure [Read more…]

Some Exciting News To Share: WTSHB is Expanding! Sort of…. ;)

Hey, friends!  I know things have been rather sporadic in these parts lately.  My apologies!

It’s just that 2016 has been quite busy for our family, and unfortunately this ol’ blog has kinda taken a backseat for the time being.  First, we started moving into our new house on New Year’s Day, then two weeks later we got some even bigger news: [Read more…]

Inspiring Crafty Window Clings with Transparent Glitter Vinyl + GIVEAWAY!

If you’ve been following along, you know that we just moved, and I’m a lucky gal because our new home has enough space for me to have my very own craft room!!  Ahhhh, I’ve been waiting for this my entire life.  I’m still figuring out paint colors and our next IKEA trip for shelving and storage and peg board possibilities, but I went ahead and decided to jazz up one area of my craft room: the window!

Yep, my big, beautiful window got a few custom, colorful, glittery, and inspiring window clings that just make my crafty heart sing.  Curtains will come later. [Read more…]

Wrap-Around Shark Shirt + Heat Press Giveaway!

Spring has {almost} sprung, but instead of getting bit by the cleaning bug, I’ve become a willing victim of the crafting bug!  Not that it really takes much to bring out that side of me (ummm, Project Gallery, anyone?), but ever since it’s warmed up, I’ve felt super inspired.

I’ve also noticed that my son has outgrown most of his warm weather gear….hello toddler life.  So I decided to combine my desire to get my craft on and my son’s need of some new short [Read more…]

Spring Bunny Door Hanger + Another HUGE Font Giveaway!

Spring has sprung, folks!  Well, maybe not officially on the calendar yet, but these mid-70 temps sure make it feel so….and I’m certainly not complaining!

One of my favorite things about this time of year, besides the flip flop weather, is all the COLOR!  I already have a super colorful Easter egg wreath (slight obsession here with wreaths and door hangers….check out my Project Gallery for proof), so I wanted something that could last beyond Easter itself since it’s a little early this year. [Read more…]

Guess Who’s Joining Silhouette’s Creative Design Team?! That’s right: This gal!

Hi friends, and Happy March!  I know I’ve kinda slowed down over in these parts with posting new creations lately.  Sorry about that!  This move is still kicking my butt….never….ending….boxes.  Ugh.

Anyway, I’ve got some pretty exciting news to share!  I was lucky enough to be asked by the awesome folks over at Silhouette America to join their Creative Design Team for 2016-2017!  I know, amazeballs!

I’ve raved and raved about my Silhouette Cameo and how it’s my most favorite crafting tool in the history [Read more…]